Will Kris Humphries act as his own lawyer when he goes head to head with ex Kim Kardashian in divorce court?
An initial report from TMZ early Friday morning alleged that Humphries had filed the necessary legal documents to represent himself in the divorce case.
The reason? Humphries had originally wanted his Minnesota business attorney Lee Hutton to represent him, but in order to proceed with the case, Hutton needed assistance from local counsel -- a requirement for out-of-state lawyers mandated by California law. When the L.A. lawyer hired to sponsor Hutton backed out of the case, Humphries decided to go at it alone, according to TMZ.
But according to unnamed sources reportedly close to Humphries, it's simply not true. A source later told TMZ that the basketball player had no intention of representing himself and that his Minnesota attorney would be looking for another sponsor. Rumor Fix also reported that Humphries would not represent himself, and an unnamed source told the site that Humphries is “taking this [divorce] very seriously."
It seems that Karadashian is, too. The reality star -- who filed to divorce Humphries in October 2011, just 72 days after her estimated $10 million wedding -- retained celebrity divorce lawyer Laura Wasser, who in the past has represented Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears, and Kiefer Sutherland, among others, in their divorce cases.
Below, five other celebrity divorce lawyers who could give Wasser a run for her money in court:
Neal Hersh--whose clients include Denise Richards, Halle Berry, Brad Pitt, and Pamela Anderson--recently represented Camille Grammer in her public divorce from Kelsey, possibly netting the reality star a $50 million settlement. The Los Angeles-based lawyer gained notoriety for representing Kim Basinger in her drama-filled divorce and custody battle with Alec Baldwin. "I've known I was going to do this since junior high," Hersh has said. "Maybe it was process of elimination. I couldn't stand blood and all that; I was going to be a doctor or a lawyer. I've just always known that I was going to do this."
"Duke of Divorce" Raoul Felder has represented dozens of celebrities and celebrity spouses throughout his decades-long career, including Martin Scorsese, David Gest, Rudy Giuliani, Robin Givens, and Larry Fortensky, among others. The 74-year-old divorce lawyer, who has penned dozens of publications and is a frequent legal commentator on TV, has been called "a shameless self-promoter" and once famously accused Donna Hanover of "howling like a stuck pig" during her divorce from Felder's client Rudy Giuliani. According to a profile in The New Yorker, in Felder's 48 years as a marital attorney, he has sued more famous men than any other divorce lawyer in America. He was the first divorce lawyer to charge a hundred thousand dollars and the first to receive a fee of a million dollars as well.
Fiona Shackleton is the UK's most notorious divorce lawyer, having represented Prince Andrew, Princes Charles, and Paul McCartney in his messy public split from Heather Mills, in which the former Mrs. McCartney dumped water on Shackleton's head after being awarded an unfavorable settlement. According to The Sunday Times, some wealthy men employ the "ruthless" divorce attorney before their marriages are even on the rocks, to "deprive their wife of Shackleton's formidable skills." In November 2010, she was appointed to Britain's prestigious House of Lords.
The New York Times has called Robert Stephan Cohen "one of the most powerful matrimonial lawyers in the country." He has represented Christie Brinkley in her divorces from Billy Joel and Peter Cook, Tommy Mottola in his split from Mariah Carey, both Ivana Trump and Marla Maples in their divorces from Donald Trump, Grace Hightower from Robert DeNiro, and NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg in his 1993 split, among others. In a 1998 profile, Town & Country magazine dubbed him "the Mount Olympus of high-asset split-ups" and "your worst nightmare." Himself twice divorced, he told the New York Times in 2002 that "today the plastic surgeons are superstars, as are the divorce lawyers. We are telling the rest of the world that it's great to do these things, and it's not. The divorce process is expensive and horrible."
Elin Nordegren retained Tinseltown divorce layer Sorrell Trope when filing for divorce from ex-husband Tiger Woods. More recently, Trope has represented Oksana Grigorieva in her messy custody battle with Mel Gibson, and Brooke Mueller in her high-profile split from Charlie Sheen. Other clients have included Cary Grant, Nicholas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant and Britney Spears--only Hollywood types can afford his steep $650+ hourly fees.